Archive for Colombia
Azerbaijan is set to open a diplomatic mission in Colombia in March. This was said by Azerbaijani Ambassador to Mexico and Colombia Ilgar Mukhtarov during a meeting with Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar. He also presented the charge d’affaires of the country Ramil Farzaliyev. Mukhtarov noted that the launch of the diplomatic mission will enhance relations and strengthen friendship between both countries.
The governments of Peru and Colombia have formally agreed to share embassy offices in Vietnam and Ghana, as part of ongoing efforts to promote integration in the Pacific Alliance bloc, which also includes Chile and Mexico. The agreement was signed by Peruvian Foreign Minister Eda Rivas and her Colombian counterpart Maria Angela Holguin, on the sidelines of a Pacific Alliance meeting in Mexico City. The accord paves the way for Peruvian embassy representation at the Colombian embassy in Ghana, while Colombia will be allowed to use Peru’s embassy in Vietnam.
Colombia has recalled its ambassador to Nicaragua for consultations over an ongoing territorial dispute that a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in favor of the Central American country has failed to resolve, Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin said Wednesday. “We have decided to call our ambassador, Luz Stella Jara, who should be arriving tomorrow, so she can report on why it is impossible to have a dialogue with Nicaragua,” Holguin told a press conference. The ICJ affirmed last year that a series of islands strategic for fishing, the San Andres archipelago, belong to Colombia, but at the same time extended Nicaragua’s jurisdiction in the Caribbean waters, angering the South American country. Colombia has refused to abide by the decision, saying its borders must be set by treaties and not by court verdicts, leading Nicaragua to present a new lawsuit at the ICJ Tuesday. Nicaragua’s most recent suit demands Colombia respect the initial ICJ ruling, which gives it rights over 75,000 square kilometers of formerly Colombian waters. On Nov. 27, 2012, Colombia withdrew from the American Treaty on Pacific Settlement (Pact of Bogota), under which it recognized the jurisdiction of the international court. However, its withdrawal didn’t go into effect until Wednesday.
Today the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, sent a group of experts to assist Costa Rican authorities to investigate a shooting attack on Colombias’s embassy in San Jose, which left no casualties. According to Santos the government wants to see “what is behind this fact”, recalling that the delegation was attacked with “a burst of shots”. Referring to the attack, it explained that this morning unknown vadals fired at the embassy of Colombia in San Jose, leaving no casualties. The Costa Rican authorities reinforced security in the Colombian Embassy. The Security Minister of Costa Rica, Mario Zamora, stated that at least two people fired from a car at the headquarters of the Colombian Embassy.
No one was hurt when assailants in a passing car fired shots at the Colombian Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica’s security minister said. Six shots were fired, apparently from an AK-47 assault rifle, Mario Zamora told a press conference. Four of the shots hit a guardhouse on the grounds and two struck the embassy itself. “Fortunately, there are no casualties,” the minister said. The attack occurred around 2:40 a.m. Friday and the assailants were traveling in a gray sedan, according to the official report. The embassy remained cordoned off to allow investigators to collect evidence. Colombian Ambassador Hernando Herrera was present early Friday to view the damage, but did not talk to reporters. Costa Rican authorities did not suggest a motive for the attack on the embassy, which is located in a residential neighborhood of San Jose.
A former U.S. Marine who Colombia’s main insurgency says it “captured” a month ago in a turbulent southeastern region is a tourist, not a member of the U.S. mission, and should be released immediately, Washington’s ambassador said. A Colombian police general said Kevin Scott Sutay, 26, had entered a hot zone against warnings. The rebels offered to free Sutay as a good-faith gesture in announcing on their website Friday night that he was in their custody. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said Sutay had described himself as a 2010-11 veteran of the Afghan conflict who left the armed forces in March.
The name of Colombia’s ambassador to Panama has surfaced in a major corruption scandal in public contracts during the tenure of Mayor Samuel Moreno in Bogota (2008-2011). Testimony before the courts has splashed over Colombian politicians, ambassadors, companies and officials, following the testimony of two key witnesses on Friday May 7 reports the EFE news agency. Twenty four councilors in the capital, not previously been mentioned are involved according to the witnesses. One of them is the Liberal Party ex-councilor current Colombian ambassador in Panama, Angela Benedetti, who allegedly received checks worth 100 million pesos ($52,414) in relation to an endowment contract for a Bogota hospital. Also accused is Andrés González, former governor of the department of Cundinamarca, who now represents Colombia in the Organization of American States (OAS), who managed contracts exceeding 100 billion pesos ($52.41 million dollars) for build, schools and markets.